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Piece if the week showcase #2: Forgot to post this yesterday! 3rd Piece of the week Category submission

04-11-2009 01:26 AM by California Urban Lumber | 0 comments »

In honor of warmer weather (or the hope that it’s coming soon), we have decided that Wednesday’s piece(s) will be under the category: Your Personal Favorite Outdoor Piece! So please send your pictures with a brief description about the piece (inspiration, dimensions, finish, etc) to me. We actually don’t have any pictures of outdoor pieces at this point, so for this week we are starting from a blank slate, and YES you may enter the showcase more than once! Send your en...

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WHAT'S UP? "While I'm out in my Shop". #5: Slatwall storage system, homemade, switching from Pegboard.

04-11-2009 12:32 AM by Dick, & Barb Cain | 7 comments »

I started on this shop building project shortly after I retired. I’d like to show you what I’ve accomplished so far. My garage measures 20 X 24 feet, & I wanted to partition out a shop area.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~In order to have a shop 8 feet wide, I had to resize my garage door from 12’ to 9 ‘ Notice the car hiding under a warm blanket of snow. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This...

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Diversions #1: Hanging Bird Gym

04-11-2009 12:07 AM by BethMartin | 1 comment »

I’m still waiting for a part for the table saw, so in the meantime I did another little project. It’s made of wood, so I think it fits here. ;) This summer I plan on getting a little Hahn’s macaw. They have the personality of a large macaw in a little tiny package. They are good talkers, and have the sweetest talking voice. For the past year I’ve been stocking up on bird supplies and one of the things I wanted was a hanging bird gym. I could buy one for about 60 buc...

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First try at SketchUp.

04-11-2009 12:00 AM by HallTree | 3 comments »

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Another Roman plane #1: Taking shape

04-10-2009 10:21 PM by YorkshireStewart | 15 comments »

In the first couple of centuries or so A.D, The Germani tribe was dominant in northern Denmark. Following military victories, it was their tradition to hurl war booty into the nearest bog! Just near Odense, is a massive bog called Vimose containing a considerable quantity of these war booty sacrifices. In the 1860s excavations took place there and the peaty conditions preserved a large number of wooden objects including two wooden planes, probably made by the Romans, now known as Vimose...

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How I learned to be safer

04-10-2009 09:23 PM by JPBatts | 11 comments »

This is a story about how my woodworking hobby was put on hold for a few weeks after my first injury. I was injured by my very first woodworking machine and it happened even before I had a piece of wood in the shop. But to go public with the story is daunting because I am a CEO for an association and part of my job includes running a workers’ compensation program. I review the biggest claims and I have often murmured, “How can these people be so dumb?” These days I don’t say that anymore...

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Another Birdhouse

04-10-2009 08:53 PM by MsDebbieP | 9 comments »

This is another birdhouse that Rick (RickieD) built last year. I purchased a metal “flower” sculpture recently and it has a spot for a birdhouse to be attached. The two compliment each other so well it is as if they were made for each other. The sculpture/birdhouse is now part of my labyrinth.

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Tool thoughts #17: New Pen Mills & I'm a glutton for Pen-ishment... a different swap underway

04-10-2009 06:08 PM by NedB | 3 comments »

I’m a member over on the IAP forums, and they recently had a group buy which I took advantage of for $15 a set, plus shipping you could order a full set of pen mill shafts and heads in all the usual diameters… interchangeable shafts and two different heads, one 4 blade, one 6 blade. Oh, and just for fun I started another pen swap over on Here’s the box as it stands now. A buddy of mine and I jointly loaded it up for the startup: Ther...

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Matt's Long Awaited Workshop Renovation #7: Electrical Work and Updates

04-10-2009 05:14 PM by Matt | 6 comments »

Here is the progress so far. The walls are insulated, covered with sheetrock, mudded, and taped. I have installed (4) 2-bulb 4ft light fixtures in the ceiling. There is still room for 4 more and I’ll be adding those later. I have some of the conduit and outlets in the ceiling as well as starting to run the wiring for the wall outlets. I plan to alternate circuits to provide me with the flexibility of running multiple tools but spreading out the amp draw. The wall outlets will be a...

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Lamp - Shoji, midcentury modern - inspired #1: Sketchup Design

04-10-2009 04:51 PM by AaronK | 5 comments »

This is for my wife as a first anniversary gift… the shade is rice paper. The wood will be walnut. Finally got the hang of sketchup. turns out the key is to make everything into components otherwise it really really sucks! anyway, i made this design, inspired by some other folks’ lamp designs i found. The joinery is essentially all lap joints of some sort or another. Frame members are all 3/8” or 1/4” other than the obviously thicker pieces, so relatively thin st...

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